History & Purpose
With a generous grant from the Park Foundation of Ithaca, New York, the Park Scholarships program was established in 1996 to provide a superb educational opportunity for exceptionally talented and well-prepared young men and women who merit the intellectual challenge of a distinguished faculty and a superior university. To date, fourteen classes of Park Scholars have graduated and have built a vibrant alumni network.
Upon arrival at NC State, Park Scholars are immediately introduced to professors who will challenge them to push the limits of scholarship, leadership, and service in their own lives and in the lives of others. The students commit themselves wholeheartedly to these pursuits and consequently are able to acquire prestigous internships and employment that are directly related to their professional development. The drive and determination Park Scholars possess yield tangible results, which can be seen in their achievements, leadership positions, and service activities. As a result, Park Scholars are making a palpable impact on NC State and in their communities.